By Nick Keppler
12:45 PM EDT, March 12, 2013
Michael Moses Tarpeh allegedly went on a cross-country crime spree that included incidents of theft, sexual assault and attempted carjacking, many of them near college campuses where Tarpeh, 23, can blend in. Recently, he partied with some UConn students and stole credit cards from their apartment before heading to Ohio State University, reports UConn's Daily Campus. Tarpeh has garnered attention for chronicling his crimes on Twitter under the handle "Bigggggg Mike." (As for the name: "They wonder how a guy thats as big ass [sic] me can keep escaping," he tweeted. "One reason... Im A G! Yes WIth [sic] 6 of em.") In Ohio, he tweeted, "I'm robbing the McDonald's as we speak any osu students try a be my get away driver?" He managed to get reporters and even police to consistently use his alias (with all six g's) in bulletins about him. Bigggggg Mike was finally apprehended in Iowa after he allegedly pumped gas and drove off without paying.
Sick, Sad World: Employees of the Fernwood Rest Home, a 68-bed facility in Litchfield, apparently underfed the mentally impaired residents and called them "monkeys." Even worse, after feeding the "monkeys" their usual cereal, they would cook a hot breakfast for themselves, chain-locking the kitchen door, according to a report from the state Department of Public Health. All in all, Fernwood racked up eight offenses, leading the agency to impose a $2,000 fine and demand a slew of reforms. Manager Karen Adkins was "flabbergasted" at the report, she told the Connecticut Health I-Team, a journalism nonprofit, asking, "Who would come here and live here for years if we were like that?"
Fiona Clarke was a home health aide in the employ of an elderly Norwalk woman. The woman's family offered Clarke additional hours, which she declined, so they hired another aide, whom Clarke was reportedly catty and rude towards, leading the family to fire Clarke. A few days later, they noticed the smell of "feces and mothballs," coming from their kitchen and found a turd wrapped in paper towels in the oven, reports The Hour. Further inquiry uncovered some additional feces in the refrigerator. Clarke, 40, denied leaving these surprises, but police still charged her with third-degree criminal mischief and breach of peace.
Did Not Think It Through: A man asked a cashier working the drive-thru of a Dunkin' Donuts in West Haven for change for a $100 bill. She refused, probably suspecting he might drive off with the change but without handing over the hundred, so the man announced this was a robbery and attempted to climb through the drive-thru window. The cashier, identified only as Angela, told NBC Connecticut she then tossed a pot of hot coffee on him, forcing him to retreat into his truck. As the man was driving away, this fast-food Dirty Harry shouted, "Go run on Dunkin."
Another Dunkin' Donuts, this one in New Britain, was attacked by a man wielding an ax. Wilfred Levine was loitering outside when employees shooed him away, reports WFSB. Levine, 63, returned with a full-sized ax, according to police, and leaped over the counter in search of the employees who had thrown him out. He allegedly trashed the inside of the store and then went back outside to shatter seven windows. Police stunned him before anyone was hurt. What is it about a store that sells nothing but caffeine and sugar that gets so many on-edge patrons?
Middletown police allegedly discovered a man they had arrested was a walking drug depository. They had pulled Anthony Beckman, 19, and his girlfriend Cashelle McLean, 32, from an apartment whose kitchen was apparently littered with marijuana and crack cocaine samples, reports the Hartford Courant. At headquarters, police say they found 6.6 grams of crack in Beckman's left sock and 3.3 in his right. He had allegedly stuffed three bags of marijuana in his "groin area" and 23 crack rocks, weighing 6.2 grams, up his ass.
Juan Cruz didn't want to go to work so he allegedly made up a story about getting beaten in Greenwich and tried to get a police officer to validate it. WTNH reports that a cop was dispatched to a supermarket where a man said he'd been assaulted in an attempted robbery. The officer deduced that Cruz, 25, and his girlfriend had fabricated the story so he could get a day off work, taking advantage of the fact he had bruised his nose while drinking the previous night.
Bilal Khan allegedly tried to pass a counterfeit $50 bill when attempting to buy pretzel bites at the Pretzel Maker stand in the Westfield Trumbull Mall, reports the Connecticut Post. An employee identified them as obvious fakes and quietly contacted police. As an officer moved in, Kahn, 21, allegedly tried to swallow his wad of fake bills and nearly choked. The officers says he found Khan nearly suffocating with green ink sliding down his chin. He then spat it out.
Connecticut's Worst Burglar: Damian Mcintosh of West Haven allegedly broke into a stranger's garage and took a seat in his car, reports WTNH. When the man called police, Mcintosh, 21, allegedly tried to barricade himself in the car but it was unlocked via one of those chain-key devices and police used a stun gun to force him out.
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